Bed bugs have been the subject of many headlines lately, as they spread through the community. They are very difficult to get rid of, so prevention is key.
The first step is to not bring bed bugs home. If you are travelling, be sure to check the mattress in your hotel room for the bugs or brown marks indicating their droppings. Watch for headlines and avoid places with reported outbreaks, including hotels, libraries, movie theatres, etc.
If you have picked up bed bugs, it’s important to leave your suitcase outside and immediately wash your clothes in hot water to kill the bugs. Fumigate your suitcase or bags and leave them in the garage or outside for at least two weeks.
Buy a mattress encasement for all the beds in your home. If you do bring bed bugs home with you, the encasements will prevent them from making a home in your mattresses, and will make it much easier to get rid of them.
Buying a used mattress can also lead to a bed bug infestation. Just because you don’t see any, doesn’t mean that they are not hiding in there. Your safest bet is to always buy mattresses new and not from stores selling exchanged mattresses.
Another mattress issue that rarely makes headlines is mites. These also live in your mattress and are sustained by body fluid and dead skin. They are invisible, but can cause your allergies to go into overdrive. The simple solution is to starve them out with a mattress pad. This will prevent sweat and dead skin from reaching your mattress and help allergy sufferers breathe easier when they sleep.
MasterBedroom can help you prevent bed bugs and take control of mites. They offer mattress enclosures and pads, as well as a great selection of new mattresses. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you choose the perfect product for your specific needs.